DIY fall decor – Hydrangea topiary and Fall Glitter Letters

September 15th, 2014

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For the Michaels Makers challenge this month, we were asked to create fall decor using the gorgeous Fall Market products.

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 I created 3 DIY projects to complete my buffet-scape and embellished them with additional Fall Market items such as pumpkins and burlap ribbon. The decoupage pumpkins I created a few years ago.

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For my first project, I created this topiary using some fall burlap hydrangea flower stems and an existing topiary on clearance. See my full hydrangea topiary tutorial post for details.

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DIY Fall Hydrangea Topiary Tutorial

September 15th, 2014

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I created this topiary as part of my Michaels Makers project this month. That post was getting pretty long, so I created this separate tutorial to show how to re-create this project.

Supplies (contains afflilate links):

2 Burlap Hydrangea Spray

4″ styrofoam ball

Acrylic Paint (match to hydrangea)

Foam Brush

Topiary (the one I purchased was on clearance. You could also make your own with a terra-cotta pot, some floral foam, and the stem from the hydrangea spray)

Ribbon

Ad tech Lo-Temp glue gun

xacto knife or awl

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Back to School Projects – Storage Box & Banner

August 15th, 2014

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I’m loving the Back to School projects this year, probably because it’s my little guy’s first year of pre school. For my Michaels Makers challenge this month I tried to think of projects that work for this age group but also can work for any age. Knowing that kids bring home lots of papers and drawings from school, I thought a great back to school organization project would be a storage box for all the keepsakes from the year. Of course it needs to be pretty so that I can do the same box every year of school and at the end have 14 of these keepsake boxes with all the important awards, artwork, report cards etc. from each school year. This storage box from Michaels is so cool that It will look great sitting on bookshelves either stacked or with the decorated side showing. I love how it turned out.

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I found the awesome kraft storage box at Michaels. The brand is Recollections and the quality is fantastic. Immediately I knew I wanted to paint the lid and use Hazel & Ruby stencil masks to create the graphic style.
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I don’t know if you’ve used or seen these stencil masks, but they make adding text to any surface so easy! Gone are the days of tracing and painting in the lines! All I did was take the letter masks and placed them exactly where I wanted the words.

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